Students at Morrisburg Public School had a crazy hair day last Wednesday and, yes, indeed there were some very funky and some very out of the ordinary coiffures. Pictured above are the various grade representatives selected for the photo based on their outrageous dos. Front, l-r, are Michelle Chater, Kyra Lewis, Dawson Lewis, Celina McMillan, Zoe McMillan and Chloe Adams. Back, l-r, are Brandon Lovely, Bethany Baker, Harneet Cheema, Gabriel Baker and Shyla Crowder. In the closeup insets, l-r, Chloe Adams shows off her birds nest, Shylar Crowder her hair braided eyewear, and Michelle Chater her spring variety pack.
Spring has finally arrived and Upper Canada Village has opened its gates to welcome visitors to an exciting, new season.
May will be a busy month and the Village will be alive with tradition over the Victoria Day weekend. Visitors can join in the Queen Victoria Birthday celebrations on Sunday, May 17 with patriotic speeches, grand military manoeuvres, a hand-pumped fire engine demonstration and enjoy a piece of birthday cake.
Without a doubt, one of the joys of Spring is watching the fields and gardens come back to life after a long winter. The Spring Planting weekend (May 30, 31) at Upper Canada Village is a great time to visit and see nature’s renewal.
The 2015 season will mark the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the Canadian Horse in Canada.
All season long visitors will be able to see the Canadian horses at work.
They are an integral part of daily life at Upper Canada Village performing tasks such as drawing the Tow Scow along the canal, pulling Carry-alls through the Village for tours and other farm related chores.
This season, Horse Lovers’ weekend will be a not-to-be-missed event on Labour Day weekend September 5-7.
Upper Canada Village offers a number of summer youth camps. Some spaces are still available.
“We have a great season of events, programs and summer camps at Upper Canada Village. Our summer youth camps are a great opportunity for young people to make new friends and have a completely unique experience. This season we have a full line-up of events planned with many returning favourites such as Medieval Festival, Food Lovers’ Field Days and the War of 1812 Military Re-enactment weekend. In July and August we will be bringing back the Haunted Walks and Murder Mystery Dinners that were very popular last year,” said Geoff Waycik, Manager of Historic Sites, St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
New this year is the ‘Breaking Down the Barriers to History’ weekend on June 20 and 21. While Upper Canada Village offers an excellent multisensory experience every day, this event will be further enhanced for those with sight loss, hearing loss and mobility challenges.
Other events coming up in June include Sheep Shearing Days – June 2-5 and Medieval Festival June 6-7.
Special education days include Monday, May 25, War of 1812 and Monday, June 8 for Medieval Festival. Students can also visit the Aultsville Train Station for the British Home Child Exhibit and Educational Program offered June 2 and 3.
Upper Canada Village will be open daily from May 6 to Labour Day and then Wednesdays to Sundays from September 9 to 20, 2015.
Increasing visitor satisfaction at its day use parks, is a main 2015 objective for the South Nation Conservation Authority.
Jim Hendry, team lead property management division of SNC spoke about the two SNC day use conservation areas located in South Dundas at the March 17 council meeting.
Two Creeks forest, located along County Road 2 between Morrisburg and Iroquois, features 4.5 km of trails with interpretive signs.
A first for SNC is the use of QR codes on those signs.
The trails are groomed in winter and it is gaining in popularity. According to Hendry, a 24 per cent visitor increase has been recorded over two years.
“People are really starting to use it more, and that’s encouraging,” said Hendry.
The site is equipped with counters to record visitor numbers.
The other public SNC day use park in South Dundas is the Robert Graham Trail, located two kilometers west of Glen Stewart.
The Robert Graham Trail property was purchased by SNC in 1961 and has 6.5 km of trails in two loops.
Hendry said that the property is really popular with geocachers, but is also used for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and hunting. Its trails are groomed in winter.
At present, one-third of the trees are marked for harvest, as SNC parks are all working forests. Hendry says that it will probably be logged in 2017-2018.
The Williamsburg Forest is another significant holding for the SNC, located in South Dundas. It is not a day use site, and there are not planned activities for that property in 2015.
by Janice Banford
I’ve worked at WDMH for 37 years and every day is different. That’s what I love about my job.
As the Infection Control Coordinator for the past eight years, my responsibilities are very varied as I work with health care professionals and patients to ensure that everyone is aware of important infection control practices and guidelines that keep us all safe. My work includes promotion, policy development, data collection and education. We want to ensure that all patient care activities put safety first.
This fall, our focus is on preventing the spread of illness through good hand hygiene. Washing your hands is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection and everyone has a role to play.
At WDMH, we want to get people talking and reminding each other about the importance of washing their hands. In fact, staff, physicians and volunteers are wearing bright blue “Ask Me If I Washed My Hand” buttons as a great reminder. Don’t be shy – speak up!
We are also encouraging everyone to get a flu shot. It’s the best way to stay healthy – for you, your family and those who might be at greater risk around you. You can’t get the flu (or any other illness) from the flu shot and the benefits far outweigh a sore arm for a couple of days.
I love what I do and could not do it without the outstanding support of my colleagues. Their commitment to patient safety is invaluable to the success of the program.
Everyone at WDMH – including our patients – has a role and responsibility in Infection Prevention and Control.